For the same reason, I always chuckle a bit when I hear of people speak about the potential for nonstop passenger service from RDU to Asia. The local cities and airport authority wanting it is one thing. The demand and the economics are something else altogether. I just do not see it happening anytime soon.
Agreed. As much as I would love RDU to have nonstop to Asia, I just don't see it happening. Especially the talk to China... Even ATL, THEE mega DL hub in a similar geographic region, has been on and off for nonstop PVG flight (3rd time they are trying it now). I just don't see how RDU can support a China nonstop, despite the airport authority's wish.
With Delta, I completely agree. Capacity is flooded from Chinese airlines and the US3 are even struggling to make $ on China flights from their large hubs. The outside chance is that a Chinese Carrier would try it. Subsidized by the government on their side, advertising $$$ and fee waivers from our side, and the much needed company contracts could entice someone to start it.
Sky Team partners from China are China Eastern and China Southern, with China Southern the red headed step child on the way out of the alliance. China Eastern's main hub is in Shanghai, which is not ideal for Lenovo in Beijing. They do claim a base in Beijing, but I'm far from an expert on their route network and ease of connections. One World seems to only have Cathay in Hong Kong, combined with American's limited number of RDU routes. Star Alliance at RDU is even worse.
The real question is if there are enough RDU-China business and investment links to warrant it. I don't think Lenovo is nearly enough, and I'm unfamiliar with any other large companies that could throw their weight around for this.